POLICE Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri has all, but confirmed that State security agents played a critical role in stopping the opposition MDCs from dislodging the ruling Zanu PF party from power and brutally thwarted opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s’ “regime change agenda” since 1999.
BY MOSES MATENGA
Speaking at his graduation ceremony at the Mt Carmel Institute of Business Intelligence in Harare where he was conferred with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree on Saturday, Chihuri said the details of police’s brutal purge on opposition activists formed part of his thesis titled Policing in Zimbabwe, Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Post-Independent Zimbabwe.
He accused the main opposition MDC-T of trying to use violence to unseat Zanu PF, but said police managed to keep it “at its minimum.”
“The Western-funded opposition parties wanted to cause chaos in the country and this needed a ZRP (Zimbabwe Republic Police) that was firm and the force kept violence at its minimum,” Chihuri said.
He said his thesis had 40 chapters focusing on the role of the police in the pre- and post-independence era including his era at the helm of the ZRP.
“There was an illegal regime change agenda and policing under the inclusive government was neither easy,” Chihuri said without elaborating.
Chihuri blasted the “illegal sanctions by the European Union and United States after government undertook the land reform programme”, saying this compromised the operations of the force.
Opposition parties and civic society groups have often accused police of being partisan and biased towards Zanu PF.
Chihuri was one of the three graduands who were conferred with a PhD. The other two are Timothy Chivinge and Samuel Makore.
Forty-five other students graduated with diplomas in Business Intelligence among them Assistant Commissioners Garikai Masocha, Panganayi Sande, Matembo Nyirenda and Elliot Muswita.
Senior Assistant Commissioner Abigail Moyo and several members of the Central Intelligence Organisation, Air Force of Zimbabwe and others from the corporate world also graduated at the same ceremony.
Rector of the institute Professor Mufaro Gunduza said the country needed business intelligence for the economy to tick.